History of Fireworks

By Kaylenid Adorno

Fireworks may seem like a very American tradition, especially on the 4th of July. But fireworks go back many years be fore the first American independence day celebration, which took place in 1777, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.


The earliest Fireworks can be traced to around 2,000 years ago in China. People then are said to have roasted bamboo stalks. The stalks turned black and sizzled.

The air inside the hollow stalks would explode. This is how the fireworks would be made back in the day. Years later, Chinese chemists took fireworks a step further.


This happened sometime between 600 and 900 A.D.. People filled bamboo shoots with gunpowder. They threw them into a fire pit. Steel dust or iron shavings were added to make them sparkle. In China, these firecrackers were often used in celebrations.


In the 13th century, Fireworks spread to Europe. In the centuries that followed, Europeans began moving to North America. So it was no surprise that when July 4th began to be celebrated as American’s Independence Day fireworks were part of the plan.


The Fireworks have been around longer then us humans have been around and that is basically a tradition for us humans to do during 4th of July and during the new years as well.